If you’re a first-time DIYer or are just getting started with home improvement projects on your home, installing new replacement windows can seem a little overwhelming. From materials and tools to products and more, there’s a lot to prepare for getting the job done quickly and efficiently.
So while you’re preparing, use this introduction to window installation to help make sure you’re on the right track.
Start with the basics.
First, ask yourself a few initial questions, like: What types of window(s) do I want to install? Do I know what the local building codes and requirements are for this installation? Do I understand the manufacturer’s guide and all the terminology used in the product manual? Once you’ve answered these basic questions with certainty, you can get started with your installation.
Obtain the permit.
Because windows affect the envelope of a home, there’s usually a permit that is required for installation. See what local and state building codes are required for your area and ensure you know the right steps to take in order to meet them.
Find the right window.
If you haven’t made a purchase already, look into your options for window replacements. Certain styles may look nice in a store or online, but might not be conducive to the space you have in your home. Moreover, it’s important to find the right brand, as well. Some quality, credible options to choose from are Anderson Windows & Doors, Custom Window Systems, Kolbe Windows & Doors, MI Windows & Doors and PGT Industries.
Prep your toolbox.
You might already have some of the basics (i.e. safety glasses, a tape measure, a nail set, a screwdriver, etc.). But make sure you have everything else listed in your manufacturer’s installation guide.
Gather your materials.
Like the previous point, it’s important to have all the right materials needed, as well. This can include things like a drip edge, silicone caulk, fiberglass insulation, wood and masonry screws, and more. This is another time to refer to your guide for specific materials required for your window.